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The Research Paper Process

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Step 4. Create Search Terms

Nouns from your research question turn into keywords.

Question:  How does social media affect teenagers' relationships?

Keywords:
Social Media
Teenagers
Relationships


Create synonyms from those keywords for a larger search.

Not all researchers use the same terms so this will help broaden your search to get as many relevant articles as possible.

Keywords:
Social Media
Internet
World Wide Web

Keywords:
Teenagers
Youth
Adolescent

Keywords:
Relationships
Interaction
Communication


All these keywords can be used in several search combinations:

Keywords:
Social Media
Youth
Communication

Keywords:
Teenagers
Interaction
World Wide Web

Keywords:
Relationships
Internet
Adolescent

Keywords:
Social Media
Interaction
Adolescent

Keywords:
Teenagers
World Wide Web
Communication

Keywords:
Internet
Interaction
Youth